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Prime Numbers

Shortall, security and kicks in the bum: the week in numbers

Exactly HOW many people would be better off on the Dole? And just how many people emigrate from Ireland every day?

EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

62 – The number of people murdered in Ireland in the twelve months to the end of June. That’s a fall of 23.5 per cent on the previous twelve months.

4,700 – The number of teachers and other school staff who were overpaid in the first half of last year, because the Department of Education was late in introducing a pay cut for new public servants. The staff were overpaid to the tune of €1.17 million.

€25,518,000,000 – Ireland’s State deficit for the year 2011 – its biggest ever – according to the 2011 annual report of the Comptroller and Auditor General. That’s €5,561.59 per person living in Ireland.

75 per cent – The income tax rate that France has introduced for those who earn more than €1 million a year. The move is part of a €37 billion budget announced by Francois Hollande’s administration, needed to bring the country’s deficit within EU limits.

303 seconds – One person emigrated from Ireland an average of every 303 seconds in the year up to April 2012, according to new population figures this week. 87,100 people left Ireland in the twelve months covered by the latest population estimates – that’s 238 a day. On average, an Irish person moves away every 11 minutes and 20 seconds.

2014 per cent – The amount by which non-pay spending in the Office of the President at Waterford IT increased in eight years, during the tenure of Prof Kieran Byrne. Spending there was around €30,000 a year in 2000 when Byrne began – and peaked at €634,308 in 2008.

0 – The number of jails in the Vatican. The shortage of prison space means the Pope’s former butler Paolo Gabriele would have to serve his time in an Italian prison if he’s convicted by a Vatican court over the leaking of sensitive papal memos. Of course, the Pope might forgive him anyway.

€33,100 – The severance pay that former junior health minister Róisín Shortall will receive over the next 19 months after quitting her ministerial role. Her 19 months’ service as a Minister of State qualifies her for a severance allowance for the next two years, on top of her Dáil salary of €92,672.

€27,870 – The amount by which Alex White’s annual pay is about to increase. White is to fill the ministerial job left behind by Shortall – and will inherit the €37,370 in extra wages that go with it. He’ll have to give up his spot as an Oireachtas committee chairman, though, for which he already gets €9,500 a year.

94 per cent – The proportion of the country’s unemployed people who would be financially better off with work, according to an ESRI report – which undermines a working paper previously published by the economic think-tank. The latest report says only a small number of people with excessive childcare costs would be better off staying at home instead.

€1,770 – The fine Darren Heraty has been ordered to pay after kicking a politician in the bum during a televised press conference. Heraty told an Australian court that he only kicked John Elferink for “a stupid, drunken prank”.

€638,847 – The amount spent by Dublin City Council providing private security for the ill-fated Priory Hall complex – or, rather, the 26 apartments owned by the council itself. The spending, uncovered exclusively by, come despite a series of break-ins at privately-owned apartments at the Donaghmede site.

€2.2 million – The amount saved by customers of in the last two-and-a-bit years. The discount deals website issued its final offers yesterday, saying it doesn’t believe the daily deals industry has a long shelf-life. Its staff are being transferred to other roles in the Distilled Media group.

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